05/25/16 11:48am

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Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Directive To Strengthen Safety Oversight of the Washington Metrorail System

Legislation to create a Metro Safety Commission to be introduced in 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed an executive directive instructing state transportation officials to facilitate the creation and staffing of a Metro Safety Commission and giving them the authority to oversee compliance with safety directives at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Executive Directive 8 also instructs the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to review all accident investigations related to the Metrorail system, to inspect public and nonpublic areas of the system, and to assess the state of repair for all trains, tracks and other infrastructure.

“Our administration has been a constant advocate for stronger safety protections for the commuters who use the Metrorail system each day, including more than 300,000 Virginians,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We concur with the direction of the new leadership at WMATA and its work to ensure that safety is the central goal of the Metrorail system. By establishing the Metro Safety Commission and collaborating with our partners in Maryland and the District of Columbia, we are putting in place the necessary policies and oversight to ensure that safety continues to be the top priority.”

Governor McAuliffe signed a Memorandum of Agreement on March 2 committing resources and staff to establish a state oversight agency that is fully compliant with enhanced federal requirements.

The full Executive Directive is below:


05/25/16 11:22am

UPDATE (11:28 AM): This outage map shows issues from Virginia up the East Coast this morning. I also reached out to COMCAST who were not very helpful at all.

I have reached out to COMCAST about this outage in Alexandria, Virginia. I am not seeing anything in the Carlyle neighborhood, what about you? I will update this post with more as soon as I hear more.

05/25/16 10:56am

Beatley Library

Alexandria Library welcomes Department of State’s Passport Services Official

On Tuesday, May 24, the Alexandria Library’s Beatley Central Library, located at 5005 Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia, welcomed Brenda Sprague, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services at the Department of State. During her visit, Sprague took a walk-through of the facility and met with Alexandria Library staff along with other key City officials to discuss the program, observe passport processing and speak with some of the Library’s agents and customers.

The Alexandria Library has helped 4,073 community members apply for a U.S. passport as of April 30, 2016. The passport program brings new business to the larger Alexandria community through customer use of local passport photo and money order vendors, and other neighboring businesses (restaurants, grocery stores, etc.). In addition to its formal passport acceptance hours, the Library provides information and assistance over the phone and in person during its operating hours to those interested in applying for or renewing a U.S. passport.


05/25/16 10:39am

Check out this home for sale in the Cameron station neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 217 Medlock Lane

For Sale in Cameron Station neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

This beautiful 3 bedroom,  2 1/2  bath townhouse is for sale and located at 217 Medlock Lane in the Cameron Station neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. The home’s got a cool deal associated with it (see link).

Via the listing

**$10k credit if contract accepted before June!** Upgrades thruout 3BR Jackson ideally sited on calm, non-cut thru street steps to Cam Club. Kitchen: Granite, KitchenAid stainless apps, maple cabs w/ LED lighting. Fresh paint throughout, refin hardwoods, new carpet, new wash/dryer, composite deck, new insulated garage door, new lighting, door & bath hardware, Elfa shelving thru-out. Owner=Agent

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

05/25/16 10:23am

Residents & businesses to pay more in tax $ and refuse fees this year

The City of Alexandria, Virginia has mailed bills for the first half 2016 real estate tax and refuse fee to all property owners and/or mortgage companies. The 2016 real estate tax rate is $1.073 per $100 of assessed value, and the annual refuse fee is $363.

First half real estate tax and refuse fee payments are due Wednesday, June 15. In accordance with City Code, late payment penalty and interest will be assessed on all real estate taxes and refuse fees that are not paid or postmarked by the due date. The late payment penalty is five percent of the tax if paid by June 30, 2016, and 10 percent of the tax if paid on or after July 1, 2016, or $10, whichever is greater. The late payment penalty is 10 percent of the refuse fee.  Interest accrues at an annual rate of 10 percent for the first year and five percent for each year thereafter, beginning June 16, 2016, and continues until the entire outstanding balance is paid.

Beginning with service provided from July 1, 2016, the City’s annual residential refuse fee increased from $337 to $363 in order to recover 100 percent of the City’s cost of collecting and disposing of household refuse. The second half 2016 real estate tax bills, which are due November 15, will show a $13 increase. Households that do not receive service from the City are not charged this fee.  Residents with questions about the refuse fee can contact the City’s Resource Recovery Division at 703.746.4410.

The Code of Virginia does not allow for waiver of tax, penalty, or interest due to inability to pay or failure to receive a tax bill. Property owners who do not receive a real estate tax bill in the mail and do not have their real estate taxes paid by their mortgage companies should contact the City’s Treasury Division at payments@alexandriava.gov, or call 703.746.3902, Option 8, to request a bill before June 15.  Detailed real estate tax balances and payment history are available 24 hours a day on the City’s website. Property owners who changed their mailing address but did not previously report this change to the City can update their address by contacting the Real Estate Assessor’s Office at realestate@alexandriava.gov to ensure that future bills and correspondence are mailed to the correct address.

Additional information on real estate tax is available on the Finance Department website. Information on real estate assessments, appeals, or updating the property owner’s mailing address is available from the Real Estate Assessor’s Office. Information on payments, late payment penalty, and interest can be obtained through the online Alexandria Tax Guide or by contacting the Treasury Division.

05/25/16 9:54am

Via Facebook, as part of Military Appreciation Month, Chick-fil-A locations in the Washington, D.C. area are holding a Military Appreciation Night TONIGHT (Wednesday, May 25th) where ALL current and former military (and families) can eat FREE! The event happens TONIGHT from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm!

For a list of participating Washington, D.C. areas locations, visit this link for details.

(H/T Phil)

05/24/16 6:14pm
Old Town Pool in Alexandria, Virginia (Photo via Alexandria Aquatics)

(Photo via Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics)

In anticipation of the rainy days giving way to summer sun, join Mayor Allison Silberberg and Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics at Old Town Pool in Alexandria, Virginia on May 28 to kick off the 2016 summer outdoor swim season. The event will be at 12:00 Noon.

“This event will officially launch Alexandria’s summer outdoor swim season at Old Town Pool. Every summer thousands of Alexandrians enjoy the cool water and open spaces of Old Town Pool, and 2016 will be the best summer yet,” said Bill Rivers, Chairman of the Board, Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics.

Old Town Pool includes a 25-yard pool with a diving well. A separate training pool is available for children up to 42 inches in height. Easily accessible for disabled, the training pool has a water depth range of 1-3 feet. For added convenience, a parking lot, picnic area and a tot playground are adjacent to the pool.

With its range of accessible facilities, the Old Town Pool facility hosts kids of all ages, recreational swimmers, Masters’ swim teams, birthday parties and family events in a safe and fun manner.

“With construction about to begin to renovate the public pool at Warwick Village and the City Council’s recent vote to approve $4.5 million for the new 50-meter pool at Chinquapin Recreation Center, the passion for aquatics has never been stronger in Alexandria,” said Rivers. “The summer of 2016 will be a wonderful time to enjoy Old Town Pool, located in the heart of our great community.”


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